London Musicians Collective

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The London Musicians Collective (LMC) is a cultural charity based in London, England devoted to the support and promotion of contemporary, experimental and improvised music. It was not, as is sometimes assumed, a band.

From its foundation in 1975 until its reorganization in 2009, the LMC organized concerts, festivals, tours, workshops and publications in support of experimental music.

The LMC grew from Musics and had overlapping membership. It had some of the same approach to division of labour as the magazine. While the latter chose financial independence, the LMC at its first meeting rejected this policy by 37 votes to 1. The LMC then applied to the Arts Council of Great Britain for funding.

Two LPs were produced, numbered LMC1 and LMC2, but they were independent productions not directly initiated by the main collective.

In 2002, the LMC was awarded a community radio licence to broadcast a new radio station, Resonance FM, in central London. It also produced a magazine, Resonance, and a range of CDs.

The LMC soon lost the spirit of social awareness which had made Musics so successful, and the reliance on state funding and control by aspiring professionals led to its inevitable stagnation (over a period of decades) followed by inevitable decline.

The LMC is funded by donations, membership fees and grants. It is supported by Arts Council England and The PRS Foundation for New Music.

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